No pork barrel for proposed Bangsamoro region -- GPH peace panel

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 08:16 p.m.

A MEMBER of the Philippine peace panel slammed Wednesday the lawmakers who accused that there was a provision in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) of the supposed P75-billion pork barrel for the envisioned Bangsamoro government.

Yasmin Busran-Lao, who is also the Secretary of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos, said that allegations, such as the pork barrel, on the proposed BBL only proved that some lawmakers have yet to read the contents of the bill.

Roxas hits back at Binay over leadership issue

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:56 p.m.

MANILA -- Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II turned the tables on Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday following the latter's comment on the handling of the bloody Mamasapano operation last January 25.

Treason complaint filed vs Aquino over Mamasapano bloodshed, BBL

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:54 p.m.

FORMER assemblyman Homobono Adaza filed Wednesday a treason complaint against President Benigno Aquino III and other top government officials over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the botched Mamasapano bloodbath.

In his complaint filed in the Ombudsman, Adaza accused Aquino and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles and government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer of entering an illegal agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Speaker opposes passing on additional power cost to consumers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 06:54 p.m.

HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. urged senators Wednesday to reconsider their position for ordinary consumers in Luzon shoulder the cost of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).

“Since it is the people’s money that would pay for the committed ILP power supply, Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) must ensure efficient utilization of these public funds,” said Belmonte.

FOI budget approved in House panel

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 05:53 p.m.

THE House appropriations committee approved on Wednesday the funding for the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) Law.

“The budget is one of the crucial components of the bill as it determines if the bill could be successfully implemented,” said Akbayan party-list Representative Barry Gutierrez, one of the bill's authors.

Aquino interviews candidates for PNP chief

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 05:10 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has started interviewing nominees for new head of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, in an interview with reporters on Wednesday at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, said that last Monday, Aquino had interviewed PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Directorial Staff chief Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr.

Revilla won't seek another visit to Jolo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:42 p.m.

AFTER getting a clearer picture of his son's condition, detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. decided on Wednesday not to ask the Sandiganbayan to give him permission to visit Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla in the hospital anew.

Doctors at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center conducted a CT scan on Jolo Wednesday morning after the family noticed that his stomach was bloated.

32 workers killed in Ukraine coal mine blast

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:44 p.m.

DONETSK, Ukraine — The speaker in Ukraine's parliament said on Wednesday that 32 workers have been killed by an explosion at a coal mine in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Volodymyr Groysman told lawmakers that the accident happened before dawn Wednesday.

Jolo Revilla surrenders gun

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:08 p.m.

THE calibre .40 hand gun of Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla was surrendered on Wednesday to the Muntinlupa City Police by the family's lawyer, Raymond Fortun.

New SAF chief named

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 03:02 p.m.

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office chief Virgilio Moro Lazo was appointed on Wednesday as the acting director of the PNP-Special Action Force (SAF).

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